Brackets Released for NCAA Wrestling Championships
Pittsburgh, Pa. – The NCAA released the brackets today for the 2019 NCAA Wrestling Championships, which will take place from March 21-23 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa. This is the first year the NCAA has seeded each class from 1-33, so each of the eight Huskers who qualified received a seed.
From walk-on to NCAA Championships qualifier, Huskers junior David Jensen will be making his first appearance at nationals. He took sixth at last weekend's Big Ten Championships and is 15-7 overall on the year.— Husker Wrestling (@HuskerWrestling) March 13, 2019
Jensen will be the #17 seed at 285.#ToughTogether 💪🌽 pic.twitter.com/SH7SqTxgbW
Senior 157-pounder Tyler Berger received his seed first at 3 p.m., CT, while the others had to wait for the complete brackets release during the NCAA’s live selection show at 5 p.m. Berger, who is 24-3 this season (16-1) in duals, received the No. 2 overall seed in his weight class. The No. 1 seed at 157 pounds is Penn State’s #1 Jason Nolf. Nolf is a perfect 26-0 this season and dealt Berger two of his three losses this year. Berger will face No. 31 Benjamin Barton of Campbell in the first round.
Zeke Moisey (125) was NU’s only at-large qualifier, and he received a No. 19 seed from the NCAA. The two-time All-America honoree who transferred from West Virginia will have his work cut out for him if he wants to earn All-America honors for a third time. He’ll start his tournament by taking on No. 14 Ryan Millhof from Arizona State.
Sophomore Chad Red Jr. (141) certainly helped himself out with his second-place performance at the Big Ten Championships last weekend. He received a No. 16 seed and will face Iowa State’s Ian Parker, the No. 17 seed, in the first round. Red Jr. garnered All-America honors as a redshirt freshman last year after finishing in 7th place. Red Jr. is 18-11 this year.
Huskers’ 165-pounder Isaiah White earned a fifth-place finish with his 4-2 record at Big Ten’s last weekend. He was seeded No. 7 by the NCAA and will take on No. 26 Joey Gunther from Illinois in the first round. White defeated Gunther in a 7-2 decision on Jan. 27. White is 20-7 this season and will be making his second appearance at the NCAA Championships. He went to the Round of 12 last year before losing 2-1 in TB-1 to Cornell’s Jon Jay Chavez.
Easton, Pa., native Mikey Labriola (174) will make his first NCAA Championships appearance next weekend in home state of Pennsylvania. The redshirt freshman enters the national tournament with a 26-6 record (14-3 in duals). He will be the No. 10 seed in his class and will face No. 23 Daniel Bullard from NC State in the first round. Labriola defeated Bullard by major decision, 13-4, back on Dec. 16.
NU’s third returning All-American, Taylor Venz (184), drew the No. 9 seed in his weight class. Venz took fourth at last year’s NCAA Championships as a redshirt freshman. He’ll take on American’s No. 24 Tanner Harvey in the first round. Venz enters the NCAA Championships with a 21-7 record and leads the Huskers in victories by pinfall with eight.
Tinley Park, Ill., native Eric Schultz (197) earned the No. 14 seed in his weight class. Schultz took fourth at the Big Ten Championships last weekend. He’s 21-11 on the year and will be matched up with Utah Valley’s Tanner Orndorff, the No. 19 seed in the weight class. Schultz defeated Orndorff in a 6-5 decision when they battled at the Northeast Duals on Nov. 10.
The eighth NCAA qualifier from NU is 285-pounder David Jensen. A former walk-on from Mobridge, S.D., Jensen will be making his first NCAA Championships appearance as a junior. He drew the No. 17 seed in his weight class and will take on the No. 16 seed, Chase Singletary (Ohio State). Singletary defeated Jensen in a 7-5 decision on Feb. 17.
The 2019 NCAA Championships consist of six sessions, which take place from Thursday, March 21-Saturday, March 23. All six sessions will be televised by either ESPNU or ESPN. The full brackets are attached.
NCAA Championship Schedule (CT):
Thursday – Session I, 11 a.m. (ESPNU) | Session II, 6 p.m. (ESPN)
Friday – Session III, 10 a.m. (ESPNU) | Session IV, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Saturday – Session V, 10 a.m. (ESPNU) | Session VI, 6 p.m. (ESPN)